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District 208 Board of Education 

 February 13, 2024


(Posted February 16, 2024)


The District 208 Board of Education held a Committee of the Whole meeting on February 13, 2024, at Riverside Brookfield High School (RB). View the agenda and supporting documents here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Life Safety Items/Capital Improvements, Sustainability

  • The solar panel project costs approx. $1.5 million and the Culinary Lab project costs approx. $3 million. The administration discussed two options for these projects. The first option is to prioritize the Culinary Lab, with the work to start in late summer and be completed during the school year. The second option is to complete both projects at the same time in late summer/early fall. The administration recommends holding off on the solar project until the financial situation is reviewed and discussed with the Board of Education.

Action After Closed Session

The Board of Education, Township High School District 208, Cook County, Illinois, approved the personnel packet during closed session.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 January 23, 2024


(Posted January 26, 2024)


The District 208 Board of Education held a Committee of the Whole meeting on January 23, 2024, at Riverside Brookfield High School (RB). View the agenda and supporting documents here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Recognitions


Students


COP28 United Nations Climate Summit Attendee

Maiana Nelson


2024 Illinois High School Theatre Festival All-State Crew Members

Cameron Dominick and Elli Krivak


IMEA Musicians

Lily Borkowicz, Joshua De La Cruz, Ian Dimaano, Grayson Geiger, Vittoria Gentile, Greta Stanevičiūtė, Caroline Strubbe, William Wilkins


Plumbers Union Training Students

Vincent Jenke, Gabriel Jimenez, Michael Rateike


Adobe Certified Students

Henry Alvarado, Adobe Photoshop; Sebastian Giblin, Adobe Illustrator; Kai Hendricks, Adobe Photoshop; RJ Iwaniec, Adobe Photoshop; Kyle Straka, Adobe Photoshop; Marilyn Urban, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop


Faculty/Staff


National Board Certified Teachers

James Baum, Kirsten Blumberg, Laurence Forberg, Marc Helgeson, Michele Koehler, Allison Marsh, Jessica Mauritzen, Jill McGrath, David Monti, Daniel O'Rourke, Bridget Wilmot, Suzanne Zimmerman


Patriotic Employer Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Principal Dr. Hector Freytas on behalf of Riverside Brookfield High School

 

Student Association Report

Student Association donated 25 Thanksgiving baskets to Community Support Services. 578 items were donated to the Coat and Blanket Drive. The quarterly Notes of Acknowledgment will continue throughout the school year and will continue to collect Pop Tops for the Pop Top collection. There will be a Pep Rally on February 14 and a Blood Drive on February 21

 

Superintendent’s Report

  • Thank you to the administration, faculty, staff, and students for implementing two eLearning days last week due to inclement weather. 
  • The Cafeteria and Library HVAC commissioning is completed on the heating side. Commissioning on the AC side will occur in spring when the weather improves.
  • The District has started to schedule site visits as we continue to explore the concept of installing solar panels. 

 

Assistant Superintendent’s Report

The linked reports provide the financial information for November 2023. This represents 50% of the fiscal year. The total operating revenue for the month was $7,873,685.

 

Principal’s Report

  • Incoming Freshman Orientation is on January 27 from 8 AM-3 PM in the Commons Area.
  • Coffee with the Principal is on January 31 from 9-9:50 AM in Room 201.
  • College Planning Tips for Sophomores is on February 7 from 6-7 PM in the Auditorium.

 

First Semester Attendance and Suspension Report

The Assistant Principal of Student Affairs and the Deans reviewed the first-semester attendance comparison and first-semester suspension report and identified areas of growth and areas of concern as RB aims to reach the district goal of 95% Average Daily Attendance and improve student behavior. The report is linked here

 

Student Advisors Report

  • January 24-27: IMEA All-State Music Festival in Peoria
  • February 2: Girls Basketball Senior Night at 6:45 PM in the Main Gym
  • February 10: Solo and Ensemble Festival, 8 AM-2 PM
  • February 13: Big Band Blast from 7-8 PM in the Little Theater
  • February 13: Senior Night for Boys Basketball, Cheer, Poms, Hip Hop, and Pep Band 
  • February 14: Winter Pep Rally in the Main Gym
  • February 21: Blood Drive from 8 AM- 1:45 PM in the East Gym
  • February 20-23: Spirit Week

 

Action After Closed Session

The Board approved the recommended personnel packet.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 January 9, 2024


(Posted January 12, 2024)


The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on January 9, 2024, at Riverside Brookfield High School (RB). View the agenda and supporting documents here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Life Safety Items/Capital Improvements, Sustainability

  • The administration recommends that more exploration needs to occur with Nicholas and Associates (construction manager) before recommending that the District move forward with the solar panel project.
 

2024-2025 School Calendar


Action After Closed Session

The Board of Education, Township High School District 208, Cook County, Illinois, approves the appointment of Filberto Torres as Assistant Principal of Athletics effective July 1, 2024.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 December 12, 2023


(Posted December 15, 2023)


The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on December 12, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School (RB). View the agenda and supporting documents here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Recognitions


Girls Golf State Qualifier

Mayan Covarrubias


Girls Swim State Qualifier

Hailey Vlcek


Boys Cross Country Team State Qualifiers

Cooper Marrs, Jack O'Brien, Brady Norman, William Kallas, Asa Kahle, Diego Lopez-Molina, Brennan Lester, Evan McMullen, Hayden Marrs, Tommy Bogdon

 

Public Hearing for the 2023 Tax Levy

The proposed property tax levy increase for RB District 208 was approved. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2023 are $29,689,867. Like all school districts in Cook County, District 208 is tax capped by 5% for levy year 2023. The levy represents an increase of 6.5% in order to capture a 5.0% increase plus an additional 1.5% of taxes on new property.

 

Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment Summary Snapshot

Dual credit courses are high school courses in which students can earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Since the start of the 2022-23 school year, RB has added 12 dual credit courses: 2 new courses for 22-23; 8 new courses for 23-24; and 2 pending new courses for 24-25.

 

Dual enrollment courses are college courses taught at Triton College by college faculty, in which the student is earning high school credit and college credit toward a certification or degree. There are 11 students enrolled for the 2023-24 school year, and 18 students enrolled for the 2024-25 school year.

 

Annual Financial Report FY 2023 (Second Read)

The annual audit for FY 2023 had its second read. The summary of the audit, also called Management’s Discussion and Analysis, can be found on pages 4-10 of the audit. The audit can be found in the agenda.

 

Nania Solar Panel Feasibility Study

Nania is an energy consultant group that is working with District 208 on the potential installation of solar panels on the roof. They provided the district with a minimum, medium, and maximum scope version of the solar plans. The presentation can be viewed in the agenda.

 

Superintendent’s Report

The Cafeteria and Library HVAC commissioning is still in progress. The Assistant Principal of Athletics second round interviews are scheduled for the week of December 11th. The goal is to bring a recommendation to the Board of Education in January. Winter break is December 25 - January 5, 2024. Classes resume Monday, January 8, 2024, on a late start schedule.

 

Assistant Superintendent’s Report

The linked reports provide the financial information for November 2023. This represents 42% of the fiscal year. The total operating revenue for the month was $3,319,956.

 

Principal’s Report

  • Final exams are December 19-22 and 1st Semester ends on Friday, December 22.
  • December 22: Deadline for juniors to sign up for SAT prep classes. Classes are free, on a varied schedule, and run from January 15 to March 2.
  • February 2024: Free dental exams for students. Students and families must register.

 

Student Advisor’s Report

  • Through December 21, the Association of Students for Tolerance is hosting a Toy Drive for new and gently used age-appropriate toys. The drop-off box is located in the Atrium near Door A.
  • December 26-30: Boy’s Basketball at the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York High School.
  • December 27-29: Girls Basketball at the Sandburg Tournament.
  • December 27: Girls Wrestling at the Oak Forest Tournament.
  • December 28: Boys Wrestling at the Morton Tournament.
  • January 6: Boys Swimmings at the Hinsdale South College Event Invite.

 

Fall Athletics Summary 2023

5 out of 9 fall athletics teams were conference champions. These teams were Girls Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Boys Cross Country, and Boys Golf. There were 45 All-Conference Athletes and 121 All-Conference Academic Athletes. There were 459 fall athletes, an increase from 432 fall athletes in 2022. The report can be found in the agenda.

 

Staffing/Enrollment Report

The Staffing/Enrollment report includes October 2023 sectioning data. The report also includes 2022-23 and 2023-24 FTE and class averages and enrollment predictions. The report can be found in the agenda.

 

Life Safety Items/Capital Improvements, Sustainability

The IASB Press Plus Policy Issue 113 was approved. The school calendar for 2024-25 is presented for a first read.

 

Action After Closed Session

The Board approved the recommended personnel packet.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 November 14, 2023


(Posted November 20, 2023)


The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on November 14, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School (RB). View the agenda and supporting documents here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Recognitions

 

College Board Recognition for the 2023 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit

Christian Varela

 

ILMEA District 1 Musicians

Jack Adams, Emily Baartman, Adeline Blomgren, Lily Borkowicz, Benjamin Buoscio, Hayden Clark, John Decker, Josh De La Cruz, Ian Dimaano, Angelina Figueroa, Grayson Geiger, Vittoria Gentile, Patrick Hart, Lucas Hruza, Bennet Janunas, Caroline Moran, Dayne Olson, Tabitha Relyea, Greta Stanveiciute, Caroline Strubbe, Rachel Watson, William Wilkins, Iris Williams

 

RBHS’ Groups Annual Presentations

 

RBHS Sports Boosters

The 2023-2024 school year officers are Jennie Royer, President; Kristin Hoyd and Julie Novak, Vice Presidents; Amy Raymond, Secretary; Michelle Ruska, Treasurer. Please see here for the RBHS Sports Boosters Annual Report.

 

Riverside Brookfield Educational Foundation (RBEF)

The 2023-2024 school year officers are David Monti, President; Treasurer, Patty Sarkady; and Secretary, Mary Todhunter. Please see here for the RBEF Annual Report.

 

RBHS Music and Theatre Sponsors

The 2023-2024 school year officers are Lisa Janunas, President; Ann Kissel, Vice President, Music; Amy Moran, Vice President, Theatre; Kirsten Bell, Treasurer; and Maggie White, Secretary. Please see here for the RBHS Music and Theatre Sponsors Annual Report.

 

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

The 2023-2024 school year officers are Julie Laube, President; VP of Communication, Courtenay Erb and Michele Mendoza; VP of Membership, Heather DiForti; Linda Sanduski, Secretary; and Treasurer, Beatrize Beltran. Please see here for the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Annual Report.

 

Superintendent’s Report

  • The Cafeteria and Library HVAC commissioning is in progress.
  • A tentative timeline has been set and an email was sent to staff to serve on the committee for the Assistant Principal of Athletics search. The District hopes to select a candidate in January.
  • The annual Veterans Day assembly occurred on Friday, November 10.

 

Assistant Superintendent’s Report

The linked reports will provide the Board of Education with the financial information for October 2023. This represents 33% of the fiscal year. 

 

Principal’s Report

  • Riverside Brookfield High School earned Exemplary summative designation in the annual Illinois State Report Card for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • November 22-25 is Thanksgiving/Fall Break. November 29 is Coffee with the Principal at 9 AM in the staff cafe. November 30 is College Night for Juniors and Parents at 6 PM in the Little Theater. 
  • From November 21-25, Boys Basketball will host the VandeMerkt Boys Basketball Tournament.
  • December 6 is FAFSA Completion Night, from 4-6 PM in the Computer Lab.

 

Student Advisor’s Report

On November 8, Mr. Venegas and his students attended Hamilton the Musical. The Marching Band will perform at the Annual Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago on November 23. The Music Department’s Holiday Concert will be from December 6-7 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

 

Life Safety Items/Capital Improvements, Sustainability

The IASB has released the 2023 Resolutions Committee Report. After the Board’s review and discussions, the Board delegate Ms. Hruska will vote according to the Board’s preferences at the Delegate Assembly in November.

 

The District has decided to submit the grant for the installation of solar panels on the roof. At the December 12 Board meeting, the District’s energy consultant, Nania Energy will review the solar panel feasibility study along with the proposed solar project options. The earliest this project would be completed is summer 2024.

 

Action After Closed Session

The Board approved the recommended personnel packet.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 October 24, 2023


(Posted October 27, 2023)


The District 208 Board of Education held a Committee of the Whole meeting on October 24, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School (RB). View the agenda and supporting documents here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Student Association Report

  • Homecoming Spirit Week and the Pep Rally were a success. At the end of 1st quarter, SA collected notes of acknowledgment where students expressed gratitude to faculty and staff.
  • There will be a student Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 8. Members of SA will write cards to veterans at Hines VA Hospital on November 10. Thanksgiving Baskets, a donation drive for Thanksgiving Food, will end on November 15. The Coat and Blanket Drive will take place in late November. 

Principal’s Report

The Veteran’s Day Celebration is on Friday, November 10. College Planning Tips for Freshmen is on November 1 in the Little Theater. The Fall Play: A Christmas Carol is from November 2-5 in the Auditorium. Winter sports begin on Monday, November 6.


Student Advisor’s Report

  • The Parent-Teacher Conferences ran smoothly, and parents appreciated the online communication with teachers. 
  • On Monday, October 23, the Coffee Bar opened in the student cafeteria. The Organization of Latin American Students is hosting an ofrenda (Altar) in RB’s Atrium for Dia de los Muertos from November 1-2. Mariachi Club made their debut at the Band and Orchestra Concert. 
  • Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Cross Country and Girls Volleyball conference champions!

Superintendent’s Report

  • The Cafeteria and Library HVAC replacement project is working through punch list items.
  • Kiley Fletcher released the RB Review (quarterly newsletter) last week. Hard copies of the newsletter will be dropped off at the local libraries and village halls to reach the community members who are not accessing electronic updates.
  • Board members Ms. Zalas, Mr. Novak, and Mr. VenHorst attended the schoolboard workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) last Saturday.
  • Dr. Skinkis was asked to present the peer evaluation system implemented at RB to the University of Illinois, Principal Leadership (MA) graduate program.

Assistant Superintendent’s Report

The linked reports will provide the Board of Education with the financial information for

September 2023. This represents 25% of the fiscal year.


School Maintenance Grant

  • The Administration is exploring the installation of solar panels on portions of the roof to help offset energy costs. 
  • Another project being explored is redesigning the current teachers’ cafeteria into a commercial kitchen for the culinary arts program and relocating the teachers’ cafeteria to nearby classroom space—more information to follow in the coming months. 

Action After Closed Session

The Board approved the recommended personnel packet.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 October 10, 2023


(Posted October 13, 2023)


The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on October 10, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School (RB). View the agenda and supporting documents here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Principal’s Report

Riverside Brookfield High School earned Gold recognition on the College Board's AP School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year. Riverside Brookfield High School is also recognized with the AP Access Award, which honors schools that encourage more low-income and underrepresented minority students to take AP courses. October 19 are Parent-Teacher Conferences.  October 20 is an Institute/Non-Attendance Day.


High School Leadership Team Presents Performance Reports

Riverside Brookfield High School performance data from the 2022-23 school year was measured between five performance indicators. These indicators are:


  • Student Average Daily Attendance: Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for the 2022-2023 school year slightly increased from 93.1% in the 2022 school year to 93.8%.

  • Student Engagement: There was an increase in student engagement for the 2022-2023 school year. 70% of the students enrolled at RB are involved in at least one activity or athletic team. This increase can be attributed to increased extracurricular options for students.

  • Freshmen On-Track: Freshman On-Track (FOT) is a measure of how many first-time freshmen are, by the end of their first year, “On Track” to graduate from high school within four years. 96.08% of the Class of 2026 are on track to graduate from high school within four years. 

  • College and Career Readiness as measured by the PSAT and SAT: Performance data for the class of 2023, the students that have been enrolled at RB since freshmen year, demonstrated improvement over the previous year’s data in both math and evidence-based reading and writing (ERW). 76% of students met the ERW benchmark and 59% of students met the math benchmark.

  • 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate and 5-Year Adjusted Graduation Rate: The Class of 2023 4-year cohort graduation rate was 93.69%. The graduation rate excluding special education students returning for transition services is 96.8%.
 

Action After Closed Session

The Board approved the recommended personnel packet.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 September 26, 2023


(Posted September 29, 2023)


The District 208 Board of Education held a Committee of the Whole meeting on September 26, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School. View the agenda here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Recognitions

Students: Elizabeth Buchancow, Joseph Buckles, Katherine DeJesus, Isabelle Hernandez, Misael Herrera Mendoza, Mariah Watkins-Sanders


Teachers: Dan Bonarigo, Erin Cunningham, Sandy Czajka, Delaney Geraghty, Melissa Gordon, Michele Koehler, Lindsay Mynaugh, Dan O’Rourke


Student Association Report

Student Association (SA) gave a report on Freshman Orientation, Homecoming Week, and community outreach. 


Superintendent’s Report

  • The Cafeteria and Library HVAC replacement project is almost complete. 
  • The Coffee Bar in the student cafeteria is almost complete. Some of the equipment has been delivered and installed. The tentative opening is scheduled for early October.
  • The District has received a lot of positive feedback from stakeholders regarding the efforts being made on the communications front from our new coordinator, Kiley Fletcher. 
  • School board workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is on Saturday, October 14, via ZOOM. This workshop will provide the Board with a general overview of the staff's training and the work that is taking place with the District Equity Leadership Team (DELT).

 

Assistant Superintendent’s Report

  • The linked reports will provide the Board of Education with the financial information for September 2023. This represents 17% of the fiscal year. 

 

Principal’s Report

Principal Dr. Hector Freytas provided several updates, including the introduction of Divisional Heads: Kendra Cagle, Division Head for Career and Technology Education; Marc Helgeson, Division Head for Humanities; Lindsay Mynaugh, Division Head for STEM; and Mark Ori, Division Head for Special Education. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences (October 19). Senior Nights for Fall Athletics will continue throughout October.


Student Advisor’s Report

Students have responded well to Blended Learning strategies.  Mariachi Club is a new club sponsored by Mr. Lobe, Mr. Baum, and student Angelina Figueroa. Girls Golf are runner-ups in the Upstate-8 Conference. Boys Golf had an undefeated conference season. The Homecoming Football game is on September 29, and the Homecoming Dance is on September 30.


New Business

There are 12 proposed changes to course fees for the 2024-2025 school year. There are now 13 Dual Credit classes students can choose from, an increase from 6 classes last year.

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 September 12, 2023


(Posted September 15, 2023)


The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on September 12, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School. View the agenda here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


Final Budget Fiscal Year 2024

The Board of Education approved the final budget for the 2024 fiscal year. The Tentative Budget was approved in June and has been adjusted throughout July and August based on the prior year's actuals and updates to support building-level projects and initiatives. The anticipated total revenues for FY 24 are $31,957,614, while total expenditures are projected to be $31,687,614. The budget can be accessed online.


Life Safety Items/Capital Improvements

The electronic sign on First Avenue that was damaged this summer has been replaced. 

The cafeteria/library HVAC Project is near completion; only a few punch-list items remain.  The new HVAC units are up and running. The new Coffee Bar for the student cafeteria is scheduled to open the week of October 1. 


Discussion / Information Item(s):

  • The Board continued its discussion on assisting RB students in identifying potential career pathways. An opportunity will be available for RB seniors interested in pursuing a career as a plumber to participate in a pre-apprenticeship class with the Plumbers Local 130 UA. RBHS is one of three high schools from the Des Plaines Valley Region Cooperative that will offer this opportunity to seniors. 
  • Individual Board members will be able to participate in a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) event for school board members in October.  This training will provide the Board with a general background on DEI, which will help the school board support the DEI work already taking place in the district. 

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 August 8, 2023


(Posted August 14, 2023)


The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on August 8, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School. View the agenda here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.


District Goal(s) 

Dual Enrollment: This year, RB is piloting students attending dual enrollment classes during the school day at Triton College in Criminal Justice, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Welding. These students will earn high school and college credits. 
 
Plumbers Union Pre-Apprenticeship: The Board assisted in coordinating Dr. Skinkis and the Director from the Des Plaines Valley Regional Career & Technical Education Cooperative with the Plumbers Union 130 UA to offer a pre-apprenticeship class for students.  Students that join this class can be awarded five points towards their plumbing entrance exam. 

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skinkis provided several updates, including: 

The cafeteria and library HVAC replacement project is almost complete; the District has started walkthroughs and punch lists with the contractors.  Construction on the coffee bar in the student cafeteria is complete. The next phase is equipment delivery and installation. The tentative opening date is mid September.  The Coordinator of PR and Community Engagement position that was identified through the community survey has been filled by Kiley Fletcher.


Principal’s Report

Principal Dr. Hector Freytas provided several updates, including:

Monday, August 14, is Staff Institute Day, and the first day for students is August 15th (late start schedule). Open House will be August 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Student Advisors to the Board of Education: The student advisors for the 2023-2024 school year are Joseph Kampschroeder and Kaylah Uribe-Alvarado.


Tentative Budget FY 24: The tentative budget continues to be available for public review on the District’s website. The final FY 24 Budget will be presented to the Board for approval at the September 12, 2023, Board of Education meeting.


Landscaping Project Bid: The District will update the landscaping along the front of the high school on Ridgewood Rd.  DLA Architects conducted reference checks on the three lowest bidders and recommended Allied Landscaping Corporation with a bid of $181,025. The project is scheduled to commence in September 2023.   


DLA MOU – Commercial Kitchen Lab: This Memorandum of Understanding with DLA Architects was approved to provide professional conceptual design services for the high school to review the implementation of a Commercial Kitchen Lab for the culinary arts classes.  Students can eventually earn dual credit for classes taken at RB by having a commercial kitchen. 


Following Closed Session - The Board authorized an increase in teaching sections for a choir teacher along with additional personnel matters.